Michael David Gillis
Left Wing-Center
Right-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 12.1.58 Sudbury, Ontario
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Boston Bruins for Bob Miller, 2.18.81
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1978-79
COL
30
1
7
8
-18
6
54
0
3
3
0
0
0
0
1979-80
COL
40
4
5
9
-18
22
56
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1980-81
COL
51
11
7
18
-21
54
78
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
Franchise
Career Totals
 
121
16
19
35
-57
82
188
2
3
5
0
0
0
2
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
There were high expectations for Gillis coming out of juniors. However, knee injuries slowed him down for the first
couple seasons. In fact, his second knee injury during 79-80 was from complications for his first one the year before.

He did develop into a decent utility player when he did play.

He became known more for his defensive play when he played for the Bruins. In his last couple years of playing, he split
time between Boston and the AHL. He would retire from playing in 1984.

He would go on to coach the Queen's University Golden Gaels team in 1985. He also took classes there, earning his law
degree from them in 1990. In 1994, he became a sports agent with an impressive list of clientele.

He sought to become a general manager in the league and was in the running for the Atlanta Thrashers job when they
came into existence, but would lose out to Don Waddell. In 2008, the position for the Vancouver Canucks opened up
with the firing of Dave Nonis, and he accepted that job.

But why would he sign a player that was more committed to playing Texas Hold-em than playing hockey?
Entry Draft: 1978 First Round Pick (5th overall) by the
Colorado Rockies